Anahtar-Sketches of Istanbul

Andrew Downing & Friends

Thursday, July 31 at 7 pm $38/ 36 (taxes incl.)
featuring Andrew Downing (bass & cello), Güç Başar Gülle (ud),Brenna MacCrimmon (vocalist), Peter Lutek (clarinet), Ben Grossman (percussion)Two-time Juno Award winner, Andrew Downing is a world renowned bassist, cellist and composer known to both classical and progressive jazz worlds. Whether he is dabbling in Ottoman classical music, folk/world music or silent film scores, you should be ready for an unforgettably fascinating evening! Tonight Andrew focuses on the great city of Istanbul. Anahtar is the Turkish word for "key" and this project, not unlike the city of Istanbul itself, seeks to act as a doorway between East and West.

TGIFiddle! Doug Leahy & Friends

Friday, August 1 at 7 pm - SOLD OUT - Meadow Passes may be available the day of the concert call 877-883-5777 to confirm

Building on over three generations of Leahy musicianship, Doug Leahy, together with his wife Jennifer and their children, are keeping those traditions alive through music, song, and dance. Doug, as a member of "Leahy" and Jennifer, having played music throughout her life, both understand the joy and exhilaration only music can provide. It is no wonder then that their children understand innately that music will be a huge part of their lives. Even the smallest children feel the music pulsing through their veins. They are drawn to it. They are passionate about it. It is this drive to create music that has lead Doug and Jennifer's children to achieve so much, even at their young ages. Still all in elementary school, the children are accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Lead by Doug, live performances are filled with the high-energy, infectious Celtic-based music people associate with the Leahy heritage. Fiddle, cello, French accordion, singing, piano, and French-Canadian step-dancing all find a voice on stage. And the children, so in love with what they are doing, enamour audiences who don't want the show to end. Having shared stages across North America with "Leahy", their performances leave audiences in awe. This rare talent in children so young is an inspiration to other children and families alike, showing just what young people are capable of. The joy of music is meant for all and Doug and his family are set on sharing that joy with each and every audience.

Adele, age12 (fiddle, piano, cello, dancing, singing),
Gregory, age 10 (fiddle, accordion, piano, dance, singing)
Angus, age 9 (fiddle, piano, dancing, singing)
Cecilia, age 7 (fiddle, piano, dancing, singing)
Joseph, age 5 (fiddle, dancing, singing)
Evelyn, age 3 (dancing, singing)

Friday, August 1 at 7 pm $38/ 36 (taxes incl.)

Oliver Jones 2014

Saturday, August 2 at 2 pm $50/$48 (taxes incl.)
A Canadian jazz legend and his trio return to Westben


Sunday, August 3 at 2 pm
$38/ 36 (taxes incl.)
Season 2014 ends with the infectious energy of gospel-influenced traditional African music courtesy of Montréal's afro-pop group H'Sao.
Soul, pop, and R&B influenced, you will also thrill to the group's own unique brand of masterful a capella singing.

Family-Friendly Workshop at 11 am

Arias of Canadian Concern

Sunday, September 20 at 2 pm

Tapestry Opera presents:
Arias of Canadian Concern

A bouquet of hot, absurd and beautiful arias from some of Canada's newest
operatic composers presented by Canada's premiere new opera company

Tickets (taxes included): Adult $38, Senior $36, Wings $34, Student $15, Youth $5

 Tapestry is an international home for creators, developers and performers of new opera: all collaborators in telling stories that surprise, thrill and move audiences. The Tapestry process begins at the annual Composer-Librettist Laboratory where writers and composers are introduced to collaborative creation. Successful partnerships move on to create short operas, ranging in length from 15 – 45 minutes, before full length works are accepted into the Creative Development Program and on to full production. The Youth INside Opera Education Program gives students the opportunity to discover their own stories and engage in the creation of new opera. Our children's operas, Elijah's Kite by Camyar Chai & James Rolfe and Get Stuffed by Alexis Diamond & Richard Payne have toured to over 30,000 students across Ontario and have been produced by other companies in Canada and abroad. Tapestry productions which have premiered to critical and popular acclaim include Pub Operas by David Brock & Gareth Williams, Dark Star Requiem by Jill Battson & Andrew Staniland (with the Gryphon Trio and Elmer Iseler Singers) and the Dora-Award winning Sanctuary Song by Abigail Richardson & Marjorie Chan (with Theatre Direct), both for Luminato, The Shadow by Alex Poch-Goldin & Omar Daniel, Nigredo Hotel by Ann-Marie MacDonald & Nic Gotham, Elsewhereless by Atom Egoyan & Rodney Sharman, Still the Night by Theresa Tova, Facing South by Don Hannah & Linda C. Smith and the Dora Award-winning Iron Road by Chan Ka Nin & Mark Brownell.

Tribute to Our (R.) Murray Schafer

Sunday, September 21 at 2 pm at The Barn

Ben Heppner (host), Donna Bennett (soprano), Eleanor James (mezzo), Gryphon Piano Trio,
Judy Loman (harp), Molinari String Quartet, The Westben Festival Chorus and Brian Finley (piano)

A star-studded cast of performers gather to pay tribute to one of Canada's finest composers and recent companion of the Order of Canada, R. Murray Schafer.

Tickets (taxes included): Adult $50, Senior $48, Wings $46, Student $15, Youth $5

"Yes Virginia!"

"Saturday, November 29 at 1 pm (The Barn)
Sunday, November 30 at 3 pm (The Barn)
Saturday, December 6 at 3 pm (Norwood United Church)
Sunday, December 7 at 3 pm (St Andrew's United Church, Peterborough)

Linda Kash brings favourite letters of Christmas wonderfully to life in Westben's ever-popular seasonal
choral celebration. Joined by Westben's Festival, Teen & Youth Choruses under the direction of
Donna Bennett, with Brian Finley at the piano "Yes, Virginia!" is a 75-minute narrated concert
perfect for the whole family. Is there a Santa Claus? Find out the truth!

Tickets: Adult & Senior $25, Student $15, Youth $5

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